- Isa’s date of birth (11 July 1994)
- Home Office reference number (A1849397)
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- Isa is a young man who has already experienced physical and psychological torture in Bahrain.
- Many agencies have provided evidence that Isa has a credible risk of torture if returned including Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First.
- Isa did not have proper legal representation during his asylum hearing.
- Isa fears for his life if returned.
- An Upper Tribunal Judge recommended that Isa submit a fresh claim for asylum and that the Home Office consider this outside of the fast track procedures. The Home Office refused to do this and instead denied his fresh claim despite further evidence.
I am writing to seek your intervention in the case of 19-year-old Bahraini Isa Al Aali who has spent 3 months in Harmondsworth Detention Centre after fleeing persecution in Bahrain. Isa, a torture survivor, has since been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in absentia by a Bahraini court. His case was covered by the Independent and Huffington Post this week.
Following careful examination of his case documentation, it appears to me that this young man did not have any effective legal representation during his interview stage at Harmondsworth Detention Centre. As a result, he did not have the right documentation before the tribunals leading to the refusal of his claim. Despite an Upper Tribunal recommendation for a fresh claim to be considered outside the Fast Track Procedures, the Home Office refused to do so and has ordered for immediate deportation to Bahrain where he faces an imminent risk of being tortured.
Sue Willman, partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn, following the case closely has condemned the decision to deport Isa when he faces the imminent risk of torture and ill-treatment, stating “no asylum-seeker arriving from Bahrain should be processed and detained under the fast track process, which is aimed at speedy resolution of straightforward cases. Bahrain has a well-documented recent history of torture and human rights violations verified by an independent commission. Isa Al Aali continuing detention and threatened removal represents a serious injustice.”
Human Rights Watch’s Nick McGeehan stated that “there is a significant risk that anyone returned to Bahrain to face criminal charges relating to domestic dissent or national security will be subjected to torture.”
I sincerely hope that you will be able to help and write to the Home Secretary so that Mr Al Aali is not deported on Thursday and allow for a judicial review.
For more information and evidence regarding his case please see: